Three Torches (Out of Five)
Warning: The following review contains spoilers of the “Bound” episode of Legend of the Seeker.
Well, it had to happen sooner or later. Legend of the Seeker, which has been on such a roll as of late, was destined to eventually deliver an episode that wasn’t quite up to par with the rest, and this episode was “Bound.”
It was by no means a bad story — that sneaky Sister Nicci casts a spell that links her health with Kahlan’s, and then threatens to kill herself if Richard doesn’t take her directly to the Stone of Tears. (Why she didn’t think to do this a long time ago is anyone’s guess.)
While Richard is coerced onto this road trip, Cara, Zedd, and Kahlan work to undo the spell, which involves restoring the preternatural link between mother and child. In other words, Kahlan needs to re-bond with her mother, which will supersede the new, artificial bond with Nicci, and undo the spell. Still with us? Okay, moving on …
The problem is that Kahlan’s mother is dead. But fortunately, she travels with a wizard of the first order who is capable of temporarily raising the dead, if only they have an object the deceased treasured greatly. But all of her mother’s possessions are kept by her deadbeat father. But he’s in jail … what’s a Confessor to do?
If I have one beef with Seeker, it’s that some episodes get bogged down by overly complicated plotlines, which seem to be tangled webs for no reason — there’s no real payoff. Though well-acted by its core cast, as well as by the guest actors portraying Nicci and Kahlan’s father, I never felt engaged in this particular story because it didn’t seem to concern itself too much with what all of this means to Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, and Cara … and they are, after all, the reason we keep coming back to watch each week.
But enough negativity. There were definitely some fun parts of the show, particularly when Richard has to carefully lead Nicci through a field scattered with Dragon’s Breath mines (just go with it) all the while dodging the giant floral ninja stars (or dacras for all you fanboys) being hurled at them by a pursuing gang of Sisters of the Dark.
Also of note was the moving scene where Nicci is dying and Richard is cradling her but, in his mind, talking to Kahlan. He kisses her tenderly on her eyelid, cheek, and lips, and the effect was both slightly erotic and incredibly sad. Craig Horner has proven he’s an actor of some depth, and in interviews he’s shown his charmingly goofy sense of humor. I wish the show let him stretch a bit more, because when he does, it’s captivating.
And because there’s apparently some interest in this sort of thing, I’ll point out that the Sisters once again employed a creep-crawley spider to deliver some magical poison. Commence involuntary shivering now.
Well, even on days when it’s slightly off, Legend of the Seeker never fails to entertain. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this new Nicci, who ended the episode declaring to Darken Rahl that she’s no longer in service of the Keeper. Interesting …
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